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Ski bags?

post #1 of 15
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What is the best, most reliable ski bag? I will be flying to Colo, and wnat my precious new ripsticks to be unmamed. I was thinking a sport tube. I ahve 1 $250 REI gift card. HAs to be padded or hard.
post #2 of 15
You will love the Sportube.
post #3 of 15
http://www.sportube.com/pages/home.html

Also do a search for sportube in the forums. Lots of stuff about them and other carriers.
post #4 of 15
the sportube is the only way to go when flying. Had a buddy get the tip of his Dynastar 4x4s broken off by United, whom I've heard mentioned several times on this board in the same sentence as broken skis.
post #5 of 15
I have a Sportube series 1 and it's the ONLY way I'll take my skis on a plane. It's worth its wait in gold just to know that some savage baggage handler is not going to break your gear and ruin your trip.

Some times there are people on ebay selling them for cheap. Doesen't matter if the thing is new or used, it's just a plastic tube!

It may look expensive, but it's worth the investment if you plan on flying once or twice every year to ski.
post #6 of 15
The Glissade bag is great. Maybe not as durable as the sport tube, but you can pack tons of gear with your skis. Check out their website- they will make you a custom bag.
post #7 of 15
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Originally Posted by seattle_sun
The Glissade bag is great. Maybe not as durable as the sport tube, but you can pack tons of gear with your skis. Check out their website- they will make you a custom bag.
never heard of glissade but checked out their website. if they make their own bags, i would expect a better range of sizes. looks like they only make 2 stock sizes - 215cm and 280cm. when are manufacturers going to realize that there is a demand for 175cm bags to accommodate smaller & mid size skis? i notice that it's this same size that sells out in many online sites.

i like the fact that they have 4 straps but otoh charging $10 for a shoulder strap is a bit cheesy considering that their cheapest bag is already $90. i bought my sportube-1 for $70 and for local trips to the mtn, i use a ski bag so i can stash it in a locker.
post #8 of 15
Sportube. I use the double. Only had one flight on it, but it is not too cumbersome to deal with and I feel alot safer.

Never been a big fan of stuffing the soft bags with clothes to be potentially torn by my freshly sharpened skis. Many others use them without incident.

I use a hardcase for my golf clubs after my softbags were just getting shredded by the bag monkeys.
post #9 of 15
I use a Sportube, but for anyone on a budget, I just picked up a High Sierra padded double bag for $12 at TJ Maxx .... I bought it for the kids' skis.
post #10 of 15
We use the sportube double. Lost the wheels one time on the way back from skiing on Northworst. The company(Sportube not Northworst) will replace them and it was very cheap , around $10, I think and that is the ONLY thing that could get damaged on the thing. Sportube is and awesome company and awesome for carrying any type of gear when traveling(check out the website)!
post #11 of 15
Sportstube is great if TSA doesn't decide to open it up for inspection and take the skis out. All bet's are off once they do that... It's not that easy to put the skis back in if you know nothing about skis, ski brakes, etc. So on my last trip to Tahoe, they didn't bother closing the sportstube back together. It arrived in two pieces... That said the skis survived somehow. There's another company (http://www.walk-ez.com/) that seems to make another hard case that looks a little easier to pack. Never used them though.
post #12 of 15
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Originally Posted by AlterEgo
never heard of glissade but checked out their website. if they make their own bags, i would expect a better range of sizes. looks like they only make 2 stock sizes - 215cm and 280cm. when are manufacturers going to realize that there is a demand for 175cm bags to accommodate smaller & mid size skis? i notice that it's this same size that sells out in many online sites.

i like the fact that they have 4 straps but otoh charging $10 for a shoulder strap is a bit cheesy considering that their cheapest bag is already $90. i bought my sportube-1 for $70 and for local trips to the mtn, i use a ski bag so i can stash it in a locker.
FWIW, you misread their website. Custom sizes for all bags. UP to 215 cm is $90 and AFTER 215cm to 280 cm is $110. They will make your bag to any size. You're right though, its not cheap.
post #13 of 15
K2 International. Padded double ski bag with a big compartment in the middle and one on each side. It has rollers and well placed handles to carry it easily. I pack two pairs of skis and pad them with my ski clothing. Hit curbside check in and tip the baggage handler BEFORE he even touches the bags and you'll likely slide past any weight overages. I have flown at least a dozen times over the past three years for ski trips and not once has any of our skis been damaged. Absolutely the Sport-Tube is the best defense but your skis will survive without one.
post #14 of 15

Marker ski bag

I just bought a bag by Marker that I haven't used yet but it looks like a heck of a good bag for $130. It has sturdy wheels, padding, really heavy material, external straps located about a foot and a half from each end (external is important) and a removable shoulder sling. It also has plenty of room lengthwise and accross. You could easily put two pair of skis and a whole bunch of dirty laundry in it and then snug it all down with those straps. External straps can be used to tie on your ski jacket while moving about airports, etc. (but not as checked luggage), an important feature for travelling between north and south hemispheres but not so important for travel between east and west hemishperes because you don't get on a plane in summer and get off in winter and vice versa. I chose the bag over the Sportube because of the convenience of packing laundry in with the skis, the ease of getting the skis in and out and the softness and flexibility makes it a whole lot easier to put into a car or taxicab that doesn't have a roof rack. The Sportube would be a lot harder to put into the interior of a car without breaking thngs in the car like radio knobs, etc. I rode all the way from Las Lenas to Mendoza sleeping with my head resting on a ski bag and I don't think that would have been very comfortable with a Sportube. For sure the Sportube offers far more safety for your skis but I always wrap both tips and tails with old sweat shirts or something and secure it with duct tape. I think that if you wrap everything up like that and secure the straps tight, it should take a quite a beating without damage. Of course, if you expect to be shot at by terrorists, you might want the added protection of the Sportube!
post #15 of 15
Oh. I thought this thread was about me.
Nevermind.
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